Despite having lost the Ligue 1 title in the previous season, this French Season has been making a lot of bold moves. Currently with the signing off of Neymar for 200 million pounds, and the addition of Kylian Mbappé, this team is clearly gunning for superiority in France once more. Furthermore it’s also clear they are striving to win the Champions League too.
Created in August 1970, this team, though fairly young, has clearly big aspirations for success.
It all began in 1970, however Paris Saint-Germain has been pushing to be a major force in France, especially in recent years. Winning a total of 33 trophies thus far certainly helps with driving home that point as well. Because of these victories, they’ve become the French team with the most successful track record in the country’s history.
They also have many other notable achievements. First, they’ve never been relegated from Ligue 1; Secondly, their one of two French clubs to win a major European title; And thirdly, they are the most widely supported teams in the world.
It’s fair to say they deserve these success. Again they’ve won 33 trophies. At home, they’ve won 6 Ligue 1 titles, four of them back-back, 11 Coupe de France, 7 Coupe de la Ligue, paired off with 7 Trophée des Champions titles. Rounding out their victories is a single title in Ligue 2.
But another thing to note about this team though isn’t their fantastic track record, but actually the rivalry they share with Olympique de Marseille.
Their rivalry is deeply rooted, to the point that their fans refer to these matches as Le Classique. It’s one of France’s biggest rivalries, and one of the greatest (and most violent) ones in club football history. Major security measures are taken in order to prevent direct confrontations between the fans. Even with that, fights still occur.
But where did this rivalry start? Firstly, these two teams, along with Saint-Étienne, have big history pre-millennium. PSG and I’OM both have major European trophies, and are the most popular clubs in all of France. They’re also the most followed clubs outside of France too.
It makes sense since so many eyes are on these teams within the football community. It shows that the rivalry between these two teams stems beyond the two teams facing off. Because of this major fixation these teams have gotten overwhelming support, but also their dedicated fans see the match as a lot more than an ordinary football match.
It’s literally seen as a battle between between capital and province, north against south. It’s Paris against Marseille, two of the largest cities in France
Because of this intense rivalry between these teams, both teams need to be working hard. Perhaps harder than any other football club in the league. Not only do they have sights on loftier goals, but of course both teams have a burning desire to overcome the other out on the field and achieve glory!